Renowned actor Suzanne Shepherd, known for her roles in “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas,” has tragically passed away at the age of 89.
Born on Oct. 31, 1934, Shepherd was not only an accomplished actor but also a theater director and acting coach. She achieved recognition for her portrayal of Aunt Tweedy in the 1988 film “Mystic Pizza.”
She continued to leave her mark on the screen with roles such as Karen Hill’s mother in “Goodfellas” and Carmela’s mother, Mary DeAngelis, in HBO’s “The Sopranos.” Shepherd also played Miss Pratt in the 1997 film “Lolita.”
On television, she made guest appearances in popular shows such as “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and the CBS cop drama “Blue Bloods.”
Shepherd was a pioneering figure as the first woman to teach at Sanford Meisner’s esteemed acting program, which distinguished itself from method acting during the mid-20th century.
“I studied with Suzanne as a young actor,” shared actor Tom Titone on Facebook. “She was a huge presence, a BIG personality. She roared with life and at it. May she rest now.”
Titone further mentioned that a shiva will be held in her honor on Monday and Tuesday.
Ray Abruzzo, her co-star on “The Sopranos,” paid a heartfelt tribute to Shepherd on his Instagram, describing her as “a force of nature” and an “actress, teacher.”
According to her talent agency, Shepherd is survived by her daughter, artist Kate Shepherd, son-in-law Miles McManus, and granddaughter Isabelle Shepherd. They also announced that a memorial service will be held early next year.
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